Explore general aviation, NCAT rector advises young pilots
The Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Capt. Abdulsalami Mohammed, has advised young pilots to go into general aviation to help reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.
Mohammed told journalists during an interview that he was concerned about high rate of unemployment of graduates and not only pilots.
he said, “The issue is not about type-rating, but the experience. Even when some of them come back from America, they still don’t get jobs because they have not gathered the necessary hours. Different airlines have different requirements. Most of the airlines require a certain minimum of hours for insurance purposes before you can fly their aircraft.
“So, these pilots before they are employable need to build up these hours. This is where the general aviation comes in because they don’t have these requirements. So, we encourage the young pilots to go into general aviation. That is the practice worldwide. If they are able to build more hours, it will make them marketable and employable.”
The rector stated that the industry had evolved and that in the last 10 years, there had been great improvement.
“That is why you notice we have fewer accidents. The country was subjected to a lot of audits by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the Federal Aviation Administration. That has resulted in safer operations across board and people are learning now to do things the right way,” he added.
he however said the industry still had a long way to go and called for cooperation among the airline operators.
“There is still room for improvement and I believe that there is a need for this country to have a national carrier. If we have a national carrier, it will address some of these challenges that we are facing now. The country will have an airline that will be able to compete favourably with foreign airlines that come here with state-of-the-art aircraft,” Mohammed said.
he noted that for an airline to succeed, it must be able to compete favourably with its competitors.
•L-R: Chairman, Developmental Association for Renewable Energies, Mr Yahaya Ahmed; Executive Director, Keen and Care Initiative Nigeria, Ms Josephine Alabi; Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action, Dr Uyi Ojo; and Director, National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, Mr Eguaoje Festus, during a press briefing on reduction of tax on renewable energy products in Nigeria in Abuja ...on Monday. Photo: Olatunji Obasa